Tennessee residents and residents in states all across the country put in long hours at work to help pay the bills and to provide for their families. Under the law, they are entitled to receive overtime pay if they work more than forty hours a week. Unfortunately, however, many companies find short cuts and ways to avoid paying their employees this extra wage each and every day. With the economy struggling and many people struggling to find work, every cent matters. If you or someone you care about has not been paid the overtime pay you deserve, then you should speak to a Tennessee employment and overtime pay lawyer right away. They will help to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the hours you work.
In this particular case, a city police lieutenant is filing a lawsuit against the city of Chattanooga claiming that city police officers are not being paid proper overtime. The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court by Lt. Corliss Cooper and is asking that it be considered as a class action complaint. The complaint states that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that the Fair Labor Standards Act applies to both state and local government employees and that the act applied to city employees starting in April 15, 1986.
The lawsuit includes all police department employees who are currently or have been employed by the Chattanooga Police Department in any position as non-exempt FLSA employees who worked overtime on and after July 20, 2010, who did not receive compensation for each hour worked including overtime compensation. The lawsuit claims that the department has continued to fail in paying time and a half for hours worked over eight hours per day. It also claims that the department has also failed to keep proper records of overtime hours worked.
It is unfortunate that people such as police officers who work for our communities twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to make sure their our families and friends are safe and protected are not given the pay they deserve. If you or someone you know feels that you have not been paid the overtime you deserve, we strongly recommend that you contact one of our caring and experienced Tennessee employment and overtime attorneys immediately. We will hear your case and work with you to make sure you are given the pay that is rightfully yours by law. Feel free to contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your case and your legal options.